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Drew Landry and the BP Blues

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I was moved by the presentation that is going across the net the past week- I run open mics and am having a fundraiser for charity July 31st and Aug 21st- WAMPP Wine Art Music Poetry Project.

However in spite of how we go on with our daily lives- working, eating, drinking good wines, and heading down to the Jersey shore on the weekends, we have to remember that others lives are devastated and have had to make changes that affect them and their families for years to come.

We know first hand what it is like to reflect on life, what it holds, and what it takes away from us. I myself have lost something I cherished dearly, and have had to move on, but it has made me more sensitive to others for that very reason.

Sometimes its others fault, and sometimes its just what the cards hold for our destiny- you cannot pair a wine with sorrow, pain, or disaster. Only share a good bottle with friends and family and take the time to reflect the good things we are able to have each day.

Please take a moment and remember these people, their family and friends who might live a different life than we do…make that next ‘Cheers’ when you clink your glass with friends and help support their cause friends…

Issues with an overload of viewing the ‘Drew Landry BP Blues’ video will not stay on here, but go check him out, as he is really a great singer/songwriter, and what he has written about the BP Oil Spill (my own roots in the south) is worthy of viewing…

In memoriam of the ones lost to war, disease, and to the ones who lost their lives for human error…

BP Oil Spill Updates and random information @ Dirty Cajuns


Market Monday- Cork 101, Why Cork Is Perfect For Our Wine

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For years hearing about how the cork forests have been depleted, and believing that we would be better off using synthetic corks, and screw caps down the road has our attention at PIWC, but in all honesty why have we not looked into it ourselves. Do we believe what someone tells us, or is there a good reason we have ‘Education’ on our side?

PIWC will be showing you why Cork is- Natural, Sustainable, Environmentally and Ecologically Friendly

First you must understand why, what, and where Cork is in our market-


There is no other material, either natural or man made, with all of the characteristics that are unique to raw cork: light weight, rot resistant, non-toxic, good compression and expansion, fire resistant, impermeable, soft, and buoyant. Besides these remarkable qualities, cork bark is also a sustainable, renewable, and environmentally friendly natural resource. Cork bark is “stripped” off the cork oak trees at appropriate intervals without damage to the trees and allows new bark to grow in its place so there is no harm to nature, no trees are cut or destroyed, no disturbance of flora and fauna … and yet a whole industry flourishes from this very unique raw material. Besides the many other products listed, all of which are produce from cork bark, Jelinek also supplies large quantities of cork bark in its raw and natural form for a variety of products and purposes:

Corkwood is the raw material used by all cork manufacturers in the production of the majority of cork products, including natural wine corks and other natural cork stoppers and products. Corkwood is sorted by quality and thickness, boiled, pressed flat and aged appropriately with controlled moisture so it is “production ready”. Corkwood is sold in truckload or container quantities, packed in standard bale sizes and weights.

Virgin Cork Bark is bark obtained from the very first two harvests of a cork tree. The rougher, less uniformed and more “natural” surface appearance and texture of the bark from these initial harvests are easily distinguished from the smoother texture of subsequent harvests from which corkwood is yielded. Diverse industries utilize virgin bark.

Cork Characteristics

Cork is light and will float. Beneficial for buoys, floats, fishing rod handles, level gauges. Light weight makes cork an excellent filler material for many products. Perfect for shoe insoles and soles.

The cellular membranes are flexible so that the cork can be fitted against the wall of a bottle under pressure (the airin the cork cells is compressed, reducing volume) and when released bounces back to its original form. Perfect as a stopper, perfect for floor tiles and wall tiles.

Cork does not rot due to the suberin which makes it impermeable to gases and liquids.
Combined with corks other characteristics it is the ideal material for bottle stoppers, gasket sealers, joint fillers, floor underlayment, and bulletin boards.

Low Conductivity
Gaseous elements in cork are sealed in tiny cell like compartments insulated and separated from each other. This provides for low conductivity to heat, sound and vibrations. One of the best insulating and acoustical capacities of all substances.
Resistance to Wear

The honeycomb structure of suberose surface gives cork a high friction coefficient and makes it very durable. It does not absorb dust and is fire resistant in its natural state. Ideal material for all building products, including floor and wall tiles, cork wallpaper, rolls, and sheets.
Cork products contribute extremely favorably to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Rating System. Cork is a 100% sustainable and renewable natural resource.

Information found and used by permission at Jelinek Cork Group

Recycle Cork in your area at local Whole Food Markets, a join effort with ReHarvet

Market Monday- Cork, ReHarvest & Recycling

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Keeping an eye on Twitter and the Wine Market a message suddenly hit home for many wine consumers- Corks Recycled at Whole Foods.

Green is in and the mounting piles of cork around any home can get to a point of ‘too much is too much’. Overflowing into the floor, and often tossed into the trash, there can always be a thought of possibly using it for wall or table art, but why not recycle them. Nothing wrong with some cork boards, and a few trivets either!

April 6th Cork ReHarvest partnered with Whole Foods to begin a campaign that involves handy boxes in front of the stores, so that the public can drop off the corks and feel good. Wine enthusiast pop open thousands of bottles each year all over the United States, and this puts pressure on the rising demands from the cork forest.

Cork ReHarvest has led the cork recycling movement in North America, helping to collect and recycle some of the 13 billion natural corks that are produced each year. Cork recycling helps to reduce demand placed on cork plantations while maintaining the delicate ecosystem of the Mediterranean forests and helps thousands of producers maintain a sustainable income to support their families.

PIWC will be bringing you more information regarding cork, synthetic cork, and screw tops for wine bottles. The myth that the cork forest are depleted has long been proven wrong, as well as why the other two options are causing more damage than helping. Until then let’s pull together and help Whole Foods and Cork ReHarvest bring into play what has needed to be done years ago.

Chef Elizabeth Stelling,, Food ~ Wine ~ Fun!

Above Cork bark photo provided by JelineCorkGroup, Canada- Fay Stallen